“I think we have to own the fears that we have of each other, and then, in some practical way, some daily way, figure out how to see people differently than the way we were brought up to.” Alice Walker as quoted in the Fall 2010 issue of TEACHING TOLERANCE.
Where do these fears come from? Why do we fear “the other” or anyone who is different? Is this the default program for humans? Are we hard-wired to be in fear constantly in order to survive? Perhaps not!
Maybe the way we have organized society causes this massive, pervasive fear. There is another perspective. Check out mindwalkerway.com by Dr. Terry Preston. (The website is new and is a work in progress. More will be coming but it is a good place to begin. I recommend bookmarking her page.) I believe understanding the source (this is how science operates) can give us the insights we need to make changes in how we grow and relate to ourselves, to each other, and to our environment. If we don’t change, I fear we will experience the extinction of the human race in the next 200 years. Between the violence we do to each other and the violence against our earth through pollution, we are weakening the human race and will eventually kill us altogether. That sounds dismal, but look at what is happening to our earth. Look at the terrible increase in chronic illnesses in children and teenagers.
I pray that we be open to new ideas and new ways of relating. This is the miracle we will need in order to survive.